Since ancient times, men observed the sky with curiosity,
both to orient themselves in the geographical space and to measure time, or determine the most suitable times for harvesting and
Observing and studying the stars, was not only a practical matter but also strongly bonded to spirituality, especially for the first civilizations that populated the planet.
The selection and the imaginary connection of stars to form constellations was a completely random operation: it is in fact fascinating how each culture has seen and composed its own figures, giving shapes and names that are the product of their own sensibility and folklore.
Interestingly, starting from the observation of a common sky, each folk has drawn its own system of constellations, resulting in the most disparate amounts and forms.
The stars are the same, but through the imagination of each culture a multiplicity of figures and stories was woven in our sky.
It is mind blowing to notice how some of this figures in the sky, drawn by extremely distant peoples, partly coincide and intertwine with each other, to then develop into completely other forms. Under The Same Sky
Oil on canvas with embroidered colored threads
2022 Where it has been on show
Part of the group show "Roots of Day"
running from 8th September to 8th October 2022
at JC Gallery Mayfair, London
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It is as if every culture had similarly approached the interpretation of these lights, driven by common human nature and miscellaneous cultural differences, weaving every thread and composing patterns, like walking a common stretch of road to then separate and individually evolve.Under The Same Sky focuses on how, although we are all under the same sky, there is an infinite wealth of cultures and diversity, with each of these telling its own story, in a way that the interpretation of stars perfectly depicts. And this is perfect expression of the richness and beauty that diversity yields.
In this work, the stars are connected by cotton threads, sewn into the canvas, to connect and highlight the different constellations.
These patterns are drawn with threads of different colors: the blue thread indicates the constellations of We- stern culture, the yellow thread the Egyptian ones, the red thread the Chinese and in pink are the Navajo.
The sky we see when looking up at night is not always the same, depending on when and where we are.
The stars of Under The Same Sky are the ones that would be seen from London, if looking up during the night of the 8th of September 2022.
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